Definition of Break-in

1. Noun. Trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent.

Exact synonyms: Breaking And Entering, Housebreaking
Generic synonyms: Burglary
Specialized synonyms: Home Invasion
Derivative terms: Break In



Definition of Break-in

1. Noun. An act of entering somewhere with the intent to steal or commit some other offence. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Break-in

breadwinner
breadwinners
breadwinning
breadwinnings
bready
break
break-axe
break-building
break-bulk
break-circuit
break-dance
break-even
break-even point
break-even points
break-evens
break-in (current term)
break-ins
break-up
break a law
break a leg
break a sweat
break apart
break away
break bad
break bread
break bulk
break camp
break cover
break dance
break dancing

Literary usage of Break-in

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1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order with Copious Illustrations by George Crabb (1887)
"BREAK, in Saxon ... low German ritan, high German reisten^ to split, Greek pr¡aa<a, Hebrew ram/naA, to break in pii-ccs. ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"GENERAL rule, that a trustee shall not of his own authority break in upon the capital of an infant's fortune (a). The Court very rarely has broken in upon ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"... foster- $ break in pieces; whence fracasso, a crash. — I tal. fra-, prefix, .... to break in amongst, destro (Diez). The vb. cassare is from Lat. ..."

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